When it comes to old school apocalyptic deathfolk from the UK, one of the key bands from this scene was Sol Invictus, the industrial-tinged neofolk band headed up by Tony Wakeford, a former member of the early peace-punk band Crisis and the influential neofolk band Death In June. Long out of print, the Sol Invictus album Lex Talionis was originally released in 1990 as part of a limited-edition vinyl boxset that also contained
Current 93's Horse and Nurse With Wound's Lumbs Sister, and then later released on CD on Wakeford's own Tursa label before going out of print for most of the next decade. Now reissued by the Russian label Infinite Fog in a digipack with a seven page booklet bound into the inside of the case, this long-lost piece of British neofolk history is available again for collectors, at least for as long as this limited pressing of 1000 copies lasts. The album is a strange mixture of industrial noise and dramatic dark folk that draws alot of it's influence from traditional British folk music, blending his signature circular fingerpicking style with deep theatrical singing, very 80's sounding synths, martial percussion, and dark ambient textures, and it's joined with lyrics that stand in opposition to Western moderization and Christianity and take a very pro-pagan stance. Some of the music on this album can get pretty melodramatic and over the top, but there's plenty of arresting moments on here, like the dark pounding folk-dirge "Kneel To The Cross" (which was actually later covered by Agalloch on their Of Stone, Wind and Pillor EP) and the Joy Division-ish "Blood Against Gold". It's similiar in ways to Current 93 and Death In June, but Wakeford injects a much darker tone into the music of Sol Invictus. Includes all of the lyrics which weren't included in the original release, and a previously unreleased live version of the song "Black Easter".